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Small grant competition

The Einaudi Center’s faculty biannual small grant program is designed to support and co-sponsor international activities and events. Tenured and tenure-track Cornell faculty are eligible to apply, as are faculty-led programs and centers within the university.

Online application

The online application is now closed.


Next funding cycle: October 21, 2020 (awards announced in December).


The grant’s general objective is to support and co-sponsor international studies conferences, workshops, seminars, events, and other activities organized under the leadership of internationally engaged faculty at Cornell. We are particularly interested in proposals that:

  • Increase the global knowledge and competence of junior faculty;
  • Advance international research by junior faculty;
  • Generate new knowledge that addresses key economic, environmental, social, cultural, and political problems in the world;
  • Have discernable benefits to international studies at Cornell;
  • Conform to the highest academic standards.

Note: The Einaudi Center does not accept proposals from previous awardees who have failed to turn in their final report by the deadline stated in the award letter, or proposals from recipients whose projects are still in progress.

Amount of award

Not to exceed $5,000

Supported activities

Grants may support expenses related to course development, conferences, workshops, seminars, and other events. Grants will not provide salary offset or summer salary, computers, student stipends, or tuition.

Period of activity

All funds must be used within one year of award date.

To apply

Interested faculty should submit a proposal including:

  • A description of background, objectives, activities, work plan, expected outputs, beneficiaries, and impact (not to exceed 1,500 words)
  • A brief description of existing affiliations or partnerships that you have with the Einaudi Center and its programs, and/or how you would expect to benefit from collaborating through this grant program (included as an addendum to the project proposal) 
  • A detailed budget with justification of expenses; additional funds of $2,000-3,000 may be used to "top-up" the award if they fund activities or outputs planned in partnership with the Einaudi Center or its programs
  • Curriculum Vitae for principal faculty involved
  • Human subjects approval, where necessary